I’ve penned a new outtake, featuring William and Raven. The outtake was first written for the Trilogia Gabriel podcast, which you can listen to online here. They’ve translated the outtake into Spanish and you can read their translation here. The Noites em Florença podcast posted a Portuguese translation, which you can read here. (You can also listen to their podcasts online)
The English edition of the outtake is below:
“William stood in front of Raven, one of his hands behind his back.
He bent forward to kiss her, his cool mouth gliding over hers.
“Good evening.” The gentle cadence of his English accent caressed her ear, followed by his lips.
“Good evening.” She put the book she’d been reading aside and looked up at him. “Are you hiding something?” She gestured to the hand that remained behind his back.
The edges of his lips turned up. His gray eyes twinkled. “Perhaps.”
“Is it for me?” She angled her body, trying to see his hand.
“Yes.” He touched her face, his brow furrowing in concentration. “You are so beautiful.”
She lowered her gaze. “William,” she murmured.
“I’m afraid I tried to find something comparable to your beauty, but you far outshine everything I’ve found.” He lifted her chin and smiled at her.
He tasted her lips once again and as he was doing so, helped her to stand. He embraced her with his arms, pressing himself against her and deepening his kiss.
His movements were unhurried, languorous, as he moved with her.
He unwrapped her hand from his neck and lifted it to his mouth, pressing a kiss to her palm. Then he placed something on top of her lifeline and closed her fingers around it.
“What is it?” She looked down at her closed hand.
“A gift.” His eyes grew alight.
She opened her fingers to find a ring nestled in the palm of her hand. The band was made of yellow gold and atop it was a large oval green stone.
“It’s beautiful.” She breathed. Her eyes moved to his. “It’s for me?”
He nodded. He took the ring and placed it next to her right eye. “I picked the brightest, greenest emerald I could find. And still, it pales next to the brilliance of your eyes.”
Raven shut her eyes, momentarily overcome.
William’s thumb caressed her cheek until she opened her eyes. He lifted her right hand and slipped the ring on her fourth finger. “In your presence, my love, I find myself without words.”
Raven kissed the frown that had overtaken his mouth.
“Thank you for seeing me.” She pressed her lips to his once again.
If you want more of William and Raven’s story, you can pick up “The Raven.” Thank you for reading,